Sunday, January 25, 2015

Love in Paris, 8x10 Oil Painting on Canvas Panel



We were stuck in traffic on the Seine and I looked out the window and saw this couple kissing. Actually, she was kissing him on the nose. What could be more romantic than a kiss in Paris, even if it's on the nose? 

I had Valentine's Day in mind when I painted this. As a gift, may I point out that it's not fattening and it won't wilt.

The same day I was painting this, someone forwarded one of those emails with interesting photos. Included was the picture below, which fit right in with my painting:


Carmen

Thursday, January 22, 2015

White and Fluffy, 11x14, Original Oil Painting Skyscape


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I've been studying clouds lately, and I have come to realize that it is just like painting the ocean; every day the shapes, values and colors are different. The good thing about living in Florida (besides the absence of black ice) is that all I have to do for an interesting subject is look up.

Carmen

Monday, January 19, 2015

Florida Vista, 8x6 Oil Painting on Canvas Panel


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This is what much of Florida looks like, and it's one part that has not changed. You have to get away from the beach to see scenes like this, and I only hope that most of the pastures and grassy wetlands of Florida won't become housing developments. It's a sort of Growth is Good-Growth is Bad situation. Growth brings jobs, but do you really want to see a scene like this with condos sitting in it? In the end, it's all about balance. 

Carmen

P.S. My book, Crackers and Oranges, is now available on Kindle. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Green Grapes, 8x10 Oil Painting on Canvas Panel



So that's the best title I could come up with? I must be really tired. I took this photo at an artists' retreat with the Pieces of 8 painting group. We were in Boone, North Carolina, painting at the beautiful Grandfather vineyard. We painted en plein aire, then took photos for future use. It was a wonderful day, hosted by Cindy Michaud. The part of those trips where we sit by the side of a stream and paint--I love that. There's nothing like a trickling stream to lower the blood pressure.

Carmen

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sunrise, 6x6 Oil Painting on Canvas Panel, Seascape




The ocean and sky put on a show most every day. The colors and shapes change, and even the beach changes drastically when the ocean becomes very exciting and pounds it with surf and erosion. However, this day was a very calm one, and I get a peaceful feeling looking at this painting.

Carmen

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jefferson Memorial, 7x5 Oil on Canvas Panel

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I love nocturnal paintings because they are dramatic. Daily painter Karin Jurick used to have challenges on her blog, and I painted this in response to one of her challenges. Another nocturnal painting I like a lot is below, Nighttime at the Loveless Cafe. Any trip we take to Nashville includes a trip to the Loveless Cafe, which is a famous restaurant attached to a 50s motel. We went there one night and spent considerable time waiting to get in, so I had plenty of opportunity to take photos and paint and name the painting in my head.



Carmen

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Arizona River, 8x10 Oil on Canvas Panel, Landscape



When we think of Sedona, Arizona, we think of magnificent vistas and red rocks, but the small scenes are beautiful too. Imagine how much fun a child would have playing here. Sedona is one place I would love to revisit.

Carmen

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Gypsy Woman, 6x8 Oil on Canvas Panel



When I was a kid I always dressed as a gypsy for Halloween. It seemed so glamorous then. I was all decked out in my red skirt with little bells on it and my peasant blouse. Little did I know that real gypsies were more like this woman in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 

Carmen

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Breakfast Club, 20x16 Original Oil Seascape on Canvas


I had the urge to paint something bigger than my usual daily paintings, so I spent several days on this. I love the ocean. I love swimming in it, looking at it, floating on it, and painting it. I'm awed by its power and fascinated by its beauty. I like to look at it and imagine what's on the other side. When I was a kid living in Central Florida, we would come to the beach, and I could smell it before I saw it. I have lived in Bermuda and the Azores Islands, surrounded by water. In Bermuda it was turquoise with pink sand beaches; in the Azores it was deep teal or blue or stormy gray, with a black lava beach. I'd like to be back in those places, knowing what I know now about painting them.

Carmen

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Feed Me, 6x6 Oil Painting on Canvas



I did this a while back after reading about Daily Painter Carol Marine challenging herself by doing a painting using a different mix of color for each stroke. Even the reds, though they may look similar, are different mixes. Not only was this difficult, it was time-consuming and messy; however, I really like the end result. By painting this way, I was bolder with my strokes and used more of a variety of colors to create the image. I made surer strokes by putting them down and leaving them alone. No blending. No niggling. 

Speaking of niggling, I have come to realize that my husband and I have become directors. He gives me directions, I give him directions, then we turn around and give our children and grandchildren directions. We're like those actors who say, "...but I've always wanted to direct." Well, someone has to do it.

Carmen